Risks NATO Brings Outweigh Benefits

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Feb 28 – When the George W. Bush Administration announced in 2008 that Ukraine and Georgia would be eligible for NATO membership, I knew it was a terrible idea.

Nearly two decades after the end of both the Warsaw Pact and the Cold War, expanding NATO made no sense. NATO itself made no sense.

Explaining my “No” vote on a bill to endorse the expansion, I said at the time:

“NATO is an organization whose purpose ended with the end of its Warsaw Pact adversary . . .  This current round of NATO expansion is a political reward to governments in Georgia and Ukraine that came to power as a result of U.S.-supported revolutions, the so-called Orange Revolution and Rose Revolution.

“Providing U.S. military guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia can only further strain our military. This NATO expansion may well involve the U.S. military in conflicts unrelated to our national interest . . .”

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